Robin posted today on NST about the crazy number of new fragrance releases coming out each year. This situation is something I think about a lot, of course. When I first started SSS in 2004 the field was already overcrowded, but if I had known what was coming I would have been even more hesitant. I try to keep in mind what’s been done before and put my spin on things to produce something new, but ultimately I have to focus on my own work. I do enjoy trying other indie lines and I obviously understand and appreciate the effort that goes into a small perfume business. It’s especially inspiring to see other indie women perfumers who are basically one-person businesses. It’s also amazing to see how Andy Tauer has grown — I can’t imagine handling the huge quantities he does now. The distinction between indie/artisan and niche has become important, and when products are made by hand with love it really can make a difference. I need to find my way as I go, staying small, trying to offer things that are original and high quality. It’s a crazy world out there though, and I do think about it.